A handout photo made available by the Iranian supreme leader's office shows Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking to academic elites in Tehran, Iran, 19 October 2022. EFE-EPA FILE/SUPREME LEADER OFFICE HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Iran’s supreme leader accuses US of complicity in Israel’s ‘crimes’ in Gaza

Tehran, Oct 25 (EFE).- The Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei on Wednesday accused the United States of being an accomplice in what he called Israel’s “crimes” in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza during the ongoing conflict.

“The US is a definite accomplice to the crimes committed by the Zionist regime against the residents of the besieged Gaza Strip,” Khamenei said in a public event in Tehran, according to state news agency IRNA.

“In these crimes, America’s hands are up to the arm in the blood of the oppressed, the children, and the patients,” he claimed.

The religious leader insisted that leaders of other “cruel” and “evil” Western powers, such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany, were travelling to Israel because they knew the state was set to collapse.

“If the hazard of annihilation was not threatening the occupying regime, these world villains would not have felt that they needed to express solidarity (with Israeli regime) one after another,” Khamenei proclaimed.

The Iranian leader insisted that the Palestinians would emerge “victorious” from the ongoing conflict and that the future belonged to them.

Tehran has repeatedly threatened to open new war-fronts and warned of the regional expansion of the conflict triggered by the Oct. 7 raids by Hamas against Israel that resulted in the death of over 1,400 people while over 200 were kidnapped by the militants.

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, competing for regional hegemony and waging a covert war with cyber attacks, assassinations and sabotage.

Tehran heads the so-called Axis of Resistance, an informal alliance against Tel Aviv made up of militant organizations such as the Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Palestinian movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The war between Israel and Hamas entered its 19th day on Wednesday, with the Israel Defense Forces continuing to bomb the Gaza strip in strikes that have killed nearly 5,800 people. EFE

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